Got Kids? You Can Still Enjoy Super Bowl XLVII
The big game is this Sunday and if you have young kids, like me, who could care less about the game, you still have some options. You could just let them run freely through the neighborhood while you stuff your face with appetizers, but I have some better, and safer, tips to keep them entertained. After all, the game lasts a solid four hours and you’d better have a strategy or you’re going to have an 8 year old doing cartwheels in front of the screen and a 5 year old whining about wanting to watch My Little Pony. Or is that just my life?
The past few Super Bowls my wife and I have set up some craft projects for our kids to do during the game. It is fun to have football related crafty things for them to do. Ya know, things like a football player made from an empty roll of toilet paper or cheerleader pom-poms made from garbage bags. If you can’t come up with some crafts just send the kids outside with your honey-do list. After a 4 hour game surely they can get the driveway pressure-washed and the hedge trimmed. Time Absorbed: 1 Hour.
Flag Football in the Yard
Tear up some garage towels and turn them into flags and let the kids go crazy on the backyard lawn. All you need is a football and some flags and some rough guidelines and the kids will have a blast. I live in California and the weather is typically pretty nice. If you live where the kids can’t go outside because of the cold, then just scratch this whole post and head for the local sports bar. Time Absorbed: 45 Minutes.
Dust of the Oldies
Get out the classic board games you have stuffed away in your hall closet and let the kids at ‘em. Favorites in our house include Clue, Monopoly, The Game of Life, and Uno. If you can get a group of 10 year olds broiled in a game of Monopoly you literally have them entertained for a couple hours. Set up a game table in a room away from the TV but still close to the drinks and snacks. Time Absorbed: 1 Hour.
Power of Friends
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party this year make sure you’re inviting families that have kids the same age as yours. I can’t stress this enough because if all else fails they still have someone to interact with once the actually game gets boring to them. Which is typically half way through the first quarter. Also, it is worth noting that the above 3 tips work best if your child has someone the same age to do the with. Time Absorbed: Endless.
Do you have kids and still enjoy the big game? How do you pull it off? I look forward to your comments. Go Niners!
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